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#1 Shoban Sen

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Posted 30 April 2005 - 05:22 PM

Can anyone please point me to an authoritative definition/description of "Tracking Cookie", preferably in the Internet (i.e., not in a book)? I want to know what they are usually used for, and what they can and cannot do. I am particularly interested to find out if they can be considered as some kind of spyware, and if so what is the difference between a tracking cookie and a spyware. Thanks.

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Posted 30 April 2005 - 05:30 PM

You will find a beginning definition and explanation here:

http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/c/cookie.html

A more detailed description of what cookies are, how they work, and the things they do (both good and bad) is at:

http://www.howstuffworks.com/cookie.htm

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#3 Shoban Sen

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Posted 30 April 2005 - 05:51 PM

Thanks, John. I quickly eyed through those sites. It is still not clear to me. Are the words "Cookies" (or "Internet Cookies") and "Tracking Cookies" synonymous? I thought "Tracking Cookies" were a special type of cookies. Not correct?

I have to sign off now. I shall look for your clarification later. Thanks.
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#4 Shoban Sen

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 03:35 PM

In the absence of any new replies, I have to assume that the words "cookies" and "tracking cookies" are synonymous.

Reply only if this assumption is incorrect. Thanks.

Edited by Shoban Sen, 05 May 2005 - 03:36 PM.

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 03:47 PM

Since this distinction seems to be as vague as the definition of spyware, it is difficult to discuss it out of context. However, the distinction found at the site below seems to help towards a clarification.
http://www.worldprivacyforum.org/cookieoptout.html

The author distinguishes, as I read him, between cookies that are designed to allow you to use a website with personal preferences, and those that collect "...a great deal of information about what Web sites you visit and what you look at and do at those Web sites." These are often associated with cookies used by marketing companies that track your usage (profiling information) across many web pages.

The distinction made seems as good as any, but I am sure that if you do some research using Google, you will find slightly different usages.

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Edited by jgweed, 05 May 2005 - 04:06 PM.

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